Toronto 2011 in 60 Seconds: Comparing Keira Knightley, Female Filmmakers, New Deal Pending

Toronto 2011 in 60 Seconds: Comparing Keira Knightley, Female Filmmakers, New Deal Pending

Sep 11, 2011



Keira Knightley

Above, Toronto Life compares Keira Knightley's outfits from the Venice and Toronto gala screenings for A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg's new film in which she plays a troubled young woman. "We canít help but feel that as usual, Toronto is getting the shorter end of the fashion stick," Toronto Life complains.

Alexander Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst, Bono, George Clooney, Elizabeth Olsen, Emile Hirsch, Juliette Lewis, Hugh Dancy, and James Franco all showed up at the annual party thrown by Vanity Fair magazine last night.

But that wasn't the only bash being thrown; Toronto Star reports on 22 star-studded events that lit up Toronto on Saturday night.  

Today, Woody Harrelson, Gerard Butler, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, and Geoffrey Rush have all been seen out and about. 


Take This Waltz

Monika Bartyzel reviewed two films directed by women. Take This Waltz (above), the sophomore effort from actress turned filmmaker Sarah Polley, stars Michelle Williams as "a confused young woman who is emotionally paralyzed by a fear of the unknown and the pressures of living in limbo." She's married to Seth Rogen but finds herself drawn to Luke Kirby, a neighbor. Is this a case of "keep your friends close, but your neighbors closer"? Read the review to find out.

Ms. Bartyzel also tackled a new version of Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank). "Where others were enamored with the romance, Arnold is enamored with the pain and reality. This isn't a piece where the families live in truly grand houses with typical period garb, gorgeously pristine landscapes, and manipulative scores. She rips out every bit of the novel's dark reality and pushes it to the screen."

Christopher Campbell cast a critical eye at Bobcat Goldthwaite's God Bless America, a "hyper-cynical film about a sad-sack who goes on a killing spree after losing his job and learning heís got an inoperable brain tumor that will soon end his life." Will it offend anyone? "Anyone who might be offended or will dislike God Bless America will likely walk out during the opening, in which a baby is bloodily blown away by a shotgun during a fantasy sequence." Did I mention it's a comedy? "If you have any complaints about current American culture, this is a comedy for you. That probably means itís a comedy for everyone."


@winterjessica: "Guy behind me at #tiff11 premiere of Shame says, 'So this movie's supposed to be pretty humorless, huh?'"

@joethecritic: "During an interview, Evan Rachel Wood handed my pal Kevin Steincross a tooth she lost on a Paris dance floor last week. She rocks."

@DrewAtHitFix: "Coppola winded me so much I'm done with movies until midnight. I feel like I got mule-kicked in the junk."

@nicole_saunders: "'I can never really say who I've seen, yesterday I thought I saw Johnny Depp but then I saw him fixing speakers' @saidgreg on #TIFF2011."



On Friday I reported on several deals that were announced during the first 36 hours of the festival, but yesterday there was only one, and none as of this writing today. Mike Fleming at Deadline reports on the non-news: "I spoke with many buyers after last nightís onslaught of acquisition title premieres, and the common feeling was these distributors need to fill slots in their schedules and they want to fall in love, but havenít quite gotten there yet with most of these films."

That being said, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a comedy starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas,  and directed by Lasse Helstrom, is likely to be picked up by CBS Films. Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, and Variety have all reported that an offer has been made. Raising her pinky finger, British writer Catherine Shoard reviewed it for The Guardian: "This isn't half as gooey as one might expect, and its standing ovation at Toronto suggests that even if some Brits find the whole thing a bit rich, the export market looks likely to lap it up."

For The New York Times, Michael Ciepely points out the Los Angeles landmarks in Oren Moverman's Rampart. 

Ever wonder what it's like for a veteran film journalist to cover TIFF? "You don't beat this festival. It beats you, every time," writes Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere. He says he's only seeing 2 1/2 films per day, which we're hoping is an average, and that he's not walking out of movies halfway through because he's tired. And you thought covering festivals was fun!

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